Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Asian Truck Route Faster Than Sea Freight

Damco Introduce Thai - Vietnam - Cambodia Service
Shipping News Feature

THAILAND – VIETNAM - CAMBODIA – Damco, the logistics arm of bulk and container shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, have introduced a new cross border trucking service that links the three Asian countries. Damco management expects to see a growing volume of cargo on these corridors, particularly between Vietnam and Cambodia. Vietnam is Cambodia’s second largest trading partner and fast becoming a transhipment hub connecting Cambodia to international markets via the Cai Mep terminals.

“Compared with sea freight, the cross border trucking service can reduce the lead time from Thailand to Cambodia by at least three days. It is definitely a faster and more reliable alternative to sea freight and a value-for-money solution compared to airfreight,” says Narin Phol, Country Manager for Damco in Cambodia and Vietnam.

“We have created this service to meet the high standards of our customers in the fast moving consumer goods, food and automotive industries which demand short and reliable lead times. Damco can offer a comprehensive end to end solution for both trucking and barge operations to support our customers’ logistics needs into and out of Cambodia. Moving forward, we intend to continue expanding our Indochina cross border trucking network. Transportation and customs clearance are handled by Damco staff at both origin and destination to ensure smooth operations from end to end.”

Photo: Thai River Route Suphan Buri province courtesy JS